As I recently announced here, in January I joined LexBlog as its publisher and editor-in-chief. Later today, I am heading to New Orleans for the annual meeting of the Legal Marketing Association, where we will be making an announcement that I am excited about — and that you get to read here first.

At LexBlog, we are preparing to launch a global news and commentary network based on content from legal blogs. Today, we are announcing that we are opening participation in the network to any legal blogger, without cost and without regard to whether the blog is hosted on the LexBlog platform.

This means that anyone who is blogging about the law will be able to extend the blog’s reach to wider audiences and be part of a first-of-its-kind legal news network. The developing network already includes blogs from more than half the AmLaw 100 as well as from a diverse array of practitioners, professors, law students and others.

Content published through the network receives additional exposure through publication to the Fastcase legal research service and through bar association publishing portals.

Any legitimate legal blog with an RSS feed qualifies to be included. To add your blog, go to lexblog.com/join and complete the brief membership form.

In a statement we’ll be putting out, Kevin O’Keefe, LexBlog’s founder and CEO, says:

Bloggers are the citizen journalists of law, reporting and commenting on news across jurisdictions and practice areas. Our goal is to build a comprehensive network that is inclusive of all legal blogs, in order to provide the greatest breadth and depth of coverage.

Our ultimate goal is to make the LexBlog network valuable for both publishers and readers of legal blogs. For publishers, we want to help them extend their reach to a global audience. For readers, we want to offer as wide a range of content as possible, but curated to make it useful a reader’s specific interests.

LexBlog was founded in 2003 to empower lawyers to increase their visibility and accelerate their business relationships through blogging, Today, its platform is home to more than 15,000 legal bloggers and over half of the nearly 1,000 blogs published by the 200 largest U.S. firms.